THE final preparations are now under way as a charity campaigner gets set to walk across Wales in one day in a bid to raise money for a fund set up in his memory of his daughter.
Ian Leech, of Branston, will be lacing up his walking boots to attempt the 42-mile challenge to raise money for Mel’s Tribute Fund and the Lymphoma Association.
The fund was launched following the tragic death of 20-year-old Melissa Leech, who died in 2008 less than a year after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Mr Leech, who will be joined by close friend Nicky Marck and his brother-in-law, Ray Barks, on the trip spoke to the Mail about his preparation for the challenge.
He said: “I completed my last training walk a few weeks ago and I have felt good about my training so far.
“I have been quite tired after these walks but the major plus is that I have not suffered with blisters which can be a problem.
“It has been quite different to what I normally do - which is centred around bike riding.
“The only real downside is that because of all the training I have not been able to do as much biking as I would have liked.”
Mr Leech will set off for Wales on Friday before starting his walk at 3am the following day.
He and his teammates hope to complete the mammoth trek in less than 17 hours – and even have a meal booked that evening in anticipation.
“I do not think I will appreciate the challenge until afterwards but I am looking forward to it,” he added.
“From the timings I have been doing in training, I think that is something that we can all achieve.”
The walk will begin in Glandyfi and end at The Anchor pub, just over the Welsh border in Shropshire.
Last year the Mail reported how the fund set up in memory of Mel had smashed through the £30,000 barrier thanks to various events.
More information about Mr Leech is available online at mad4mel.co.uk
Anyone wishing to donate towards his latest challenge can head online to http://www.justgiving.com/walkingacrosswales